Bajari mining corruption in Tonk: ACB arrests constable, SHO on run
Jaipur: In a major trap, the Rajasthan anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Friday arrested constable of Peeplu police station in Tonk district after he was allegedly caught taking a bribe on behalf of the station house officer () Vijendra Singh Gill for allowing illegal gravel (bajari) mining from Chambal.
The ACB teams are searching for the SHO, but he is missing. An FIR has been lodged under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act after an amount of over Rs 1.46 lakh was recovered from the constable.
The trap once again exposed rampant corruption in illegal gravel mining despite a Supreme Court ban.
Constable of Piplu police station Kailash Choudhary was allegedly taking monthly commission for allowing gravel-laden trucks to pass through the police station area.
Choudhary was allegedly demanding the bribe on behalf of SHO Vijendra Singh.
“We had received complaints about the police station staff being involved in taking a fixed amount of money per month from each truck passing through their area. These trucks carry illegally mined gravel to other parts of the state,” said a senior ACB officer.
The constable was arrested while a search has been launched for the SHO.
“We recovered Rs 1.46 lakh from the constable during the trap. The amount was suspected to have been collected from truck drivers,” said the officer.
Further investigation is going on.